Past Speakers

Tammy Grady

Tammy Grady is originally from Nova Scotia, Canada.  She has been a consecrated woman within the Regnum Christi Movement for 22yrs. Before Consecration, she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Nutrition. After University, she volunteered two years to ministry service with NET Ministries &  SPO Ministries, which led in finding her vocation. Tammy  has a Masters in Religious Sciences from the Pontifical University, Regina Apostolorum in Rome. Currently she is in the Certification Program with TOB Institute in Philadelphia. Tammy has been involved in youth and young adult work for the past 20 years. Through catechetical work, missionary trips, pilgrimages, spiritual direction and retreats in Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Rome, the Holy Land, Mexico, Poland and throughout the United States.  She has been working in Dallas for the past twelve years.  She is the Associate Director for Vocations for the Diocese of Dallas and spends the rest of her time giving spiritual direction to college and young professionals.  She has a heart for the new evangelization, especially among young adults trying to find their way, their place and their mission in the world, in relationships and in their vocation.  She loves life and feels herself as a kindred Spirit to St. Teresa of Avila, whose feast day falls on her birthday. “I would create the world again just to hear you say you love me.” Jesus to St. Teresa of Avila.

Renee & Phil Taken

Renee and Phil have been married since 1994, have four children and are parishioners of St. Rita Catholic Community in Dallas, TX. Renee manages the household and Phil practices law. They have been involved in marriage ministry since 1996, facilitating and developing programs for marriage preparation, marriage enrichment and convalidation preparation. They also facilitate a program centered around healing and forgiveness, for all persons (whether married, single, catholic or other faith).  They are involved in other ministries, including American Heritage Girls, Boy Scouts, various parish groups, and diaconate formation. They praise God for the abundant life He has provided, and especially for the sacrament of marriage that provides the foundation for their endeavors.

Fr. Peter Hopkins, LC

Fr. Peter Hopkins, LC studied Liberal Arts at Thomas Aquinas College in California before entering the Legionaries of Christ in 1977.   He completed his philosophical and theological studies in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University and the University of St. Thomas Aquinas.  He received a master’s degree in psychology from Divine Mercy University.  He has worked in Ireland and Mexico in the Catholic formation of youth and family. He was the founder and director of the Our Lady of Mt. Kisco Family Center in New York , which specializes in marriage preparation courses, retreats, spiritual exercises, family counseling, marriage enrichment retreats and youth activities.  Fr. Peter is currently working with Regnum Christi marriage programs in Atlanta Georgia.  He was ordained by Saint John Paul II along with his two younger brothers on the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Legionaries of Christ in St. Peter’s Basilica in 1991.  He also has a sister who is a Nashville Dominican.  

Bill & Mary Sladek

Bill Sladek is a commercial real estate attorney and a partner at Condon Tobin Sladek Thornton PLLC in Dallas. Bill, a Jesuit Prep grad, earned his finance degree at the University of Notre Dame before attending the University of Texas School of Law. He and his wife Mary have 4 children and have been very active in St. Monica Catholic Church & School, Jesuit, Ursuline, Cristo Rey, Heroic Media, the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, St. Vincent DePaul, The Bridge and Ronald McDonald House to name a few. Bill currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee and the Board of Management of the Town North YMCA and has also served in numerous leadership roles. Bill & Mary are passionately pro-life and strong supporters of Catholic education.

Maribel Laguna 

Maribel Laguna is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Irving, Texas, where she is the co-owner of, In His Image Counseling Center, PLLC. Maribel has worked as a counselor in a variety of settings including the Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center, Genesis Women’s Shelter, and Dallas Independent School District, Youth and Family Centers. Ms. Laguna specializes in pre-marital preparation, marital counseling, vocational discernment, as well as Affirmation Therapy. Additionally, Maribel is a presenter and a bi-monthly guest on La Red de Radio Guadalupe, “Alegre La Mañana.” 

Fr. Edwin Leonard

I was born and raised in Dallas Texas. I grew up in Coppell and attended St. Ann Catholic Church. I also attended public school in Coppell and after graduating went to Texas Tech University. I then transferred to Texas A&M University where I discerned to do two years of mission work with an organization called National Evangelization Team (NET) Ministries. After NET I transferred to Franciscan University of Steubenville where I received a degree in theology and then entered the pre-theologate program to prepare for priesthood. Afterwards, I joined the Dallas Diocese and attended Major Seminary at St. Mary’s in Houston.

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I have been an ordained priest since June 2, 2012. I spent my first two years as a priest at St. Rita Catholic Church. Currently, I am the Director of the Office of Vocations for the Diocese of Dallas and I reside at St. Monica. I enjoy music festivals, concerts, sports, Crossfit, movies and reading, and I am honored to be able to be part of the wonderful community of St. Monica. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Andrew Gill

Andrew Gill is owner of Tau Healing Services since 2008 and is the Executive Director of the Theocentric Guild & Outreach since 2013.  Andrew has been speaking on topics of health, wellness, and healing for over 10 years.  Andrew is trained in integration of psychology and theology from St. Mark’s Seminary & College and Franciscan University.  Andrew is also currently in Deacon formation at Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Pittsburgh.

Joshua Clemmons

Joshua Clemmons, is the Director of Faith Formation and Education at St. Rita Catholic Parish in Dallas. Joshua has worked in young adult ministry and campus ministry as well as serving as the Director of Mission and Social Awareness at Catholic Charities, the Director of Social Justice Ministry for the Diocese of Dallas, the Diocesan Director for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Catholic Relief Services, and the Propagation of the Faith. Born and raised in Lubbock, Texas, Joshua studied Philosophy and Psychology at Texas Tech University and received his M.A. in Theology from the University of Dallas, where he is currently an adjunct professor teaching theology.  He lives in Dallas with his wife, Sarah, and two boys, Zachary and David.

Very Reverend Russ Mower, V.F.

Fr. Russ is Pastor at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church and School and Chaplain at Bishop Dunne Catholic School in Dallas, Texas.  He attended seminary at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts and was ordained to the Priesthood in May 2015.  He attended Wichita State University and his undergraduate degree is in Fire Protection Engineering Technology.  Prior to being called to priesthood, he had a 33-year career in the fire service and served seven years in the U. S. Air Force.  Fr. Russ is a widower and has three adult daughters and four grandchildren.  He is a native of Waterford, Connecticut and enjoys hiking and sailing.

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